Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies - Piano
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1. September 2017
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Interview – As if in a Trance: Maki Namekawa and “20 Etudes for 20 Etudes”

An Austrian premiere concludes the Festival on Monday, September 11, 2017. Maki Namekawa will perform all 20 of Philip Glass’ piano etudes accompanied by artist Cori Olan’s real-time visualizations. The duo will also present a daily demonstration of their virtuosity in Deep Space 8K. Maki Namekawa tells us more in this interview.

The setting: The huge Gleishalle [former railcar loading dock] in POSTCITY Linz. A single piano is the centerpiece; jumbo-format projection surfaces provide the backdrop. A pianist takes her place at the keyboard, and the evidence of her artistry slowly fills the post-industrial space. Real-time visualizations of the sounds appear in the background.

On Festival Monday, September 11, 2017, the old Gleishalle will morph into a concert hall, the setting of Maki Namekawa’s Austrian premiere of all 20 piano etudes by composer Philip Glass. The pianist’s work will be accompanied by artist Cori Olan’s real-time visualizations.

The duo’s two-hour performance is certain to enchant their audience in this impressive location. We met with Maki Namekawa to find out more about the music, the special qualities of POSTCITY as a concert venue, and her appearances at the Festival.

The duo’s two-hour performance is certain to enchant their audience in this impressive location. We met with Maki Namekawa to find out more about the music, the special qualities of POSTCITY as a concert venue, and her appearances at the Festival.

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6. July 2017
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Review – Kronenzeitung – Fulminantes Abschiedskonzert von DRD bei AK CLassics<

Mit einem phänomenalen Konzert feierte Dennis Russel Davies mit dem groß aufspielendem Bruckner Orchester im ausverkauften Linzer Brucknerhaus einen glänzenden Abschluss der AK Classics-Serie.
Auch die Programmauswahl hob die Erwartungsatmosphäre: Begeisterung und Standing Ovations!

Bewundernswert, wie alle drei Leonoren-Ouvertüren mit faszinierender Intensität interpretiert wurden. Die selten gespielte 1. Ouvertüre wirkt durch die instrumentale Aufgliederung eher vorsichtig, doch blitzen immer wieder die bekannten Motive auf.

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6. July 2017
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Bewundernswerte Intensität

Reichlichen Beifall erntete auch die Pianistin Maki Namekawa für ihre technisch souveräne und musikalisch überzeugende Interpretation von Igor Strawinskys “Concerto für Klavier, Bläser, Pauken und Kontrabässe” (1924) und Maurice Ravels Klavierkonzert in G-Dur (1932).

 

Ein Sonderlob gebührt hier auch den Bläsern des BLO für die hervoragend ausgeführeten Soli.

 

Zwischen den rasanten, rhytmisch markanten Ecksätzen in Ravels Konzert liegt ein ein sehr schönes, atmosphärische dichtes Adagio assai, das Maki Namekawa mit bewundernswerter Intensität interpretierte. Nicht einmal die hemmungslosen Dauerhuster im Publikum konnten ihre Konzentration stören.

OberÖsterreichischeNachrichten – 2.Juni 2017

 

8. May 2017
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” …( But ) the evening’s pleasures were even greater after intermission, in a trio of lager and more assured masterpieces. Yun’s “Interludium A” an expansive piano work written for Aki Takahashi, got a phenomenal performance by the pianist Maki Namekawa, full of vibrant instrumental color, precisely etched rhetoric and expressive clarity.”

Quelle: San Francisco Chronicle

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19. April 2017
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Two pianists show the difference between playing and performing – Glass and Stravinsky

Dennis Russell Davies and his wife, Maki Namekawa, presented powerful Glass and Stravinsky in a duo recital at the Phillips.

On Sunday afternoon, I heard a live performance of a piece I’d just reviewed a few months before: Igor Stravinsky’s four-hand piano version of his seminal “The Rite of Spring,” which caused a veritable riot at its world premiere as a ballet in Paris in 1913. It’s famous for its skewed, off-kilter rhythms and raw drive, and the piano version is made no easier by the fact that the two players have to jockey for room at the keyboard. On Sunday at the Phillips Collection, Dennis Russell Davies, the well-known conductor and pianist, took off his jacket before performing it with his wife, the pianist Maki Namekawa, and observed to the audience that people might want to watch them fighting over who gets to use the pedal.

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